New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday (Juen 17) former “encounter specialist” and Shiv Sena leader Pradip Sharm in relation to the Antilia Bomb Scare and the murder of businessman Mansukh Hiran, said an official. Sharma was brought to the NIA headquarters on Wednesday night for questioning. His house was also raided by the agency on Thursday.
“The NIA also conducted a raid at his residence located in J B Nagar in Mumbai’s Andheri (west) around 6 am, and the operation continued for several hours. The officials recovered some incriminating documents from his house,” the official said.
Sharm was put under house arrest and will be produced before a court after his medical examination is completed.
He was questioned by the NIA two months back for two days when his name first cropped in the case.
Sharma is the fifth person from the police department to be arrested in the case by the NIA. This is over all the eighth arrest in the case.
Police officers Sachin Vaze, Riyazuddin Kazi, Sunil Mane were arrested in March and dismissed from the service.
Former police constable Vinayak Shinde in this connection along with cricket bookie Naresh Gor.
Furthermore, on June 11, the NIA held Santosh Shelar and Anand Jadhav, saying that they were involved in the conspiracy to park an explosive-laden SUV outside Antilia, the residence of Mukesh Ambani, the wealthiest man in India.
After the SUV was discovered, a bomb squad was immediately dispatched to the scene.
Upon investigation, the SUV was found to have belonged to a businessman Mansukh Hiran who was missing after the discovery of his vehicle.
However, his body was found on March 5 in a creek at Kalwa.
In a statement to the police, Hiran’s wife accused Sachin Vaze of killing her husband.
The case was then transferred to the NIA which arrested Vaze along with Kazi and Mane.
With inputs from PTI